For first time with Angels, Albert Pujols in All-Star game

Albert Pujols, Mike Trout

Angels outfielder Mike Trout, left, and first baseman Albert Pujols, right, are both headed to the MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati.

(LM Otero / Associated Press)

The Angels will send their dynamic duo to the All-Star game. Albert Pujols was selected by his peers to the American League team on Monday, one day after fans elected Mike Trout to the starting lineup.

Pujols also will start the game, in place of injured Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Pujols, who leads the AL with 25 home runs, got the most votes on the player ballot of any AL first baseman besides Cabrera.

Trout, the defending AL most valuable player, got the most votes on the player ballot of any player in either league. Trout also got the most votes in fan balloting of any player except third baseman Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pujols has said he would like to participate in the home run derby. The derby lineups are expected to be announced in the next two or three days.


Pujols is in the fourth season of a 10-year, $240-million contract with the Angels. This is his first All-Star appearance with the Angels, after making nine appearances in his 11 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Pujols will become the first Angels first baseman to start the All-Star game since Wally Joyner in 1986 and the fourth first baseman to start for both leagues, following Dick Allen, Prince Fielder and Mark McGwire.